12 items from 2014
Downton Abbey's Lady Cora on her other life as the singer with Sadie and the Hotheads and why she can't act like a lady on the road
As Elizabeth McGovern outlines her itinerary for the past two weeks, one is tempted to commiserate with her: Basingstoke, Basildon, Bradford, Stevenage. It shouldn't happen to a 52-year-old actress once nominated for an Oscar and seen most recently as Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey. But if it has been a privation touring with Sadie and the Hotheads, a seven-piece blues-folk band of which she is lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter, then she is skilled at hiding it.
"We're having the time of our lives!" says McGovern and it's clear she means it. "We are all in a splitter van and sharing rooms at Travelodges; this isn't the luxury rock star tour, but that's part of the fun. You know, »
- Tim Lewis
Films about Nazi stolen art seem to be all the rage right now! After the recent release of The Monuments Men, it now seems that another movie will be tackling a rather similar issue of stolen art, although from a less action-oriented and more courtroom focused perspective.
The Woman In Gold is set to star Dame Helen Mirren, who just over a week ago received the BAFTA Fellowship award, and joining her will be none other than The Amazing Spider-man 3′s biggest star Andrew Garfield. Under the direction of Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn), the film follows the story of Maria Altmann, a woman who worked with lawyer Randol Schoenberg to take legal action against the Austrian government in order to recover art works that once belonged to her family and were stolen by the Nazis. And if this cast was not spectacular enough, it is rumoured that Daniel »
- Tina Baraga
Along with the news that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be directed by Marc Webb, there were rumblings that Sony Pictures intends on releasing some sort of Spider-Man film every year starting in 2016, with spin-offs like Venom and The Sinister Six coming between the staple franchise films. That means Andrew Garfield is going to be pretty busy over the next few years, and in between these blockbuster roles, he's taking on smaller dramas. Garfield is already on board Silence from Martin Scorsese and 99 Houses with Michael Shannon, and now The Daily Mail reports he'll star in The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren. The film comes from director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn), and follows the story of Maria Altmann, a woman who worked with lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Garfield) to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis. »
- Ethan Anderton
Even the star of a major action franchise has to take off his spandex every once in awhile, and Andrew Garfield is no exception. While Sony has plans to stretch The Amazing Spider-Man far into the future, Garfield is supplementing his web-slinging with some good, old-fashioned, serious roles. The latest project he’s attached himself to is The Woman In Gold, which he will star in alongside Helen Mirren.
The Woman In Gold features Mirren as Maria Altmann, a woman in her 80s who attempts to track down five paintings that were looted by the Nazis. The real-life Altmann was a Jewish refugee and the niece of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, whose wife Adele posed for Gustav Klimt’s “The Lady in Gold.” Altmann fought hard to locate and restore the looted paintings, leading to conflict with the Austrian government. Garfield will play her lawyer Randol Schoenberg, who goes up against the »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider-Man") is in negotiations and Daniel Bruhl ("Rush") is in talks to star alongside Helen Mirren in Simon Curtis' "The Woman In Gold" at The Weinstein Company, Origin Pictures and BBC Films.
Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a woman who joined forces with lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Garfield) to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis.
One of the paintings was Gustav Klimt's The Lady In Gold, a portait of Altmann's aunt. Bruhl would play an Austrian official.
Source: The Daily Mail »
- Garth Franklin
Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company is on board period drama "The Woman in Gold"; the film is set to star Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. One of these paintings inspires the film's title: Klimt's "The Lady in Gold," which is worth over $130 million. Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") will helm, and playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell ("Bracken Moor") has penned the script. The production is eyeing a start later this year. TWC is handling international sales (with sights set on Cannes) and Us distribution. »
- Beth Hanna
TWC has boarded prestige drama The Woman in Gold, the Origin Pictures-BBC Films period drama ripped from the headlines about a Jewish refugee who took on a government to recover art treasures that belonged to her family.
According to ScreenDaily sources, TWC will handle international sales, Us distribution and has been across the production of the project.
Helen Mirren is attached to play Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who, with her young lawyer Randol Schoenberg, took on the Austrian government to reclaim a haul of prized Gustav Klimt paintings that were stolen from her family by the Nazis during the Second World War.
The haul includes Klimt’s The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, itself worth more than $130m.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Mirren will take on the role of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who launched a legal battle in the 1980s to reclaim five paintings by Gustav Klimt which were stolen by the Nazis.
These included The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which alone is priced at over $130 million (£78 million).
Mirren accepted the BAFTA Fellowship at the 67th British Academy Film Awards last night.
The Queen star said last week that she feels "attached to [Elizabeth I] in some invisible way".
Alexi Kaye Campbell is working on the screenplay about Altmann, who died in 2011 at the age of 94. »
Mirren would play Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who, in her 80s, took on a government to recover art treasures she believed rightfully belonged to her family, including one painting said to be worth over $130 million dollars. [Source: Daily Mail]
In the first film, Snow played Chloe Beale - the kinder co-leader of the Bellas who undergoes surgery and discovers she can sing at a substantially lower pitch. [Source: Deadline]
Jessica Alba is in talks to »
- Garth Franklin
Here's a look at today's latest movie casting news: Helen Mirren is in early talks to star in The Golden Lady, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell and directed by Simon Curtis. Jessica Alba is in negotiations to star opposite Thomas Jane in Phil Joanou's horror-thriller, The Veil, scripted by Robert Ben Garant. Brittany Snow is set to reprise her role in Elizabeth Banks' singing sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, which stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Fiona Dourif (True Blood) will star in writer-director Stuart Sauvarin's indie psychological thriller, Origami Fox. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from Daily Mail (via The Playlist) is word that Mirren is in talks to star in The Golden Lady as "Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who, in her 80s, took on a government to recover art treasures she believed rightfully belonged to her family," among them Gustav Klimt's "The Lady In Gold, »
- Dave Trumbore
If the box office results for "The Monuments Men" prove anything, it's that there's a mature audience eager for stories about art being recovered from the Nazis. And it certainly doesn't hurt if there's some recognizable faces in there, and another project is brewing with a veteran star bringing a major piece of art back to its rightful owner. Baz Bamigboye reports that Helen Mirren is in early talks to star in "The Golden Lady." In the story penned by Alexi Kaye Campbell, and set to be directed by Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn"), the actress will play "Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who, in her 80s, took on a government to recover art treasures she believed rightfully belonged to her family," among them Gustav Klimt's "The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," itself worth over $130 million dollars. An elderly lady fighting for her family's legacy and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage. The pilot process has been a running theme at TCA since Fox’s Kevin Reilly said his network plans to scrap the tradition. The question loomed large again at today’s panel on the new ABC drama The Black Box. Producers were asked whether the show benefited from a straight-to-series episode order. Related: ABC Sets ‘Black Box’ Premiere Pros and cons, said Eps Amy Holden Jones and Ilene Chaiken, who appeared on the panel with director Simon Curtis and Kelly Reilly, who stars as brilliant and bipolar neuroscientist struggling with the urge to forgo medication in order to get the creative “highs” characteristic of her disorder. Chaiken said the pilot process can make a creative team feel “constrained and competitive” and called going straight to series “a much more free way to make television. We are really being given wide berth to »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
12 items from 2014
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